Christmas caroling outside abortion clinics: Pro-life group gears up for an annual tradition
CHICAGO, December 7, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Christmastime, with its celebration of life and birth, is a special time for the pro-life movement. For the past 10 years, one group of pro-life activists have been bringing the life-affirming message of Christmas to the place where it might seem that message is least welcome – abortion clinics.
For their 10th annual “Empty Manger Caroling,” the Pro-Life Action League has scheduled Christmas caroling at nine different abortion facilities in the Chicago and Dupage County areas on Saturday, December 22, the Saturday before Christmas.
In past years, says the League, babies have been saved after women heard the Christmas carols.
“Each year, the League brings the light of Christmas to the darkness of the abortion facility by singing the songs of Christmas right outside their doors,” explains Matt Yonke of the League.
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“In light of November’s elections it’s more important than ever that we be actively engaged in fighting abortion on the ground outside our nation’s abortion facilities,” he continued. “Sometimes that looks like protest, sometimes that looks like counseling, and sometimes it simply looks like bringing the light of Christ’s birth to the darkness of the abortion mill with peaceful Christmas singing.”
The pro-life organization is encouraging other pro-life activists around the country to consider Christmas caroling at their local abortion facilities. The League’s website lists six other caroling events hosted by other organizations and individuals in the U.S.
To help organizers of caroling events, the Pro-Life Action League has compiled a “how-to” guide, including a booklet of Christmas carols and building plans for the “empty manger” that the League brings with them when they sing outside the abortion facilities.
“The empty manger is a dual symbol,” explains the guide. “Like the empty manger lovingly placed in every Christmas crèche in anticipation of celebrating the Nativity of Jesus Christ, it represents the joy that ought to accompany the birth of every child.”
- To find out more about how you can host your own “Empty Manger Caroling” event, click here.